Caesarean section

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A Simple Swipe Could Benefit C-Section Babies

Scientists successfully transfer mom's bacteria to baby

(Newser) - Babies born via Cesarean section have a different microbiome than infants delivered naturally: For having skipped that trip down the birth canal, C-section babies lack bacteria that help the immune system recognize and accept other beneficial microbes; they may also be at an increased risk for obesity, asthma, allergies, and... More »

Pregnant 49-Year-Old Vanishes on Delivery Date

Carrie Bradshaw-Crowther to have cesarean section on Tuesday

(Newser) - A pregnant 49-year-old North Carolina woman was so excited about her upcoming birth by cesarean section that she reportedly sang around the house—and then vanished shortly before her scheduled procedure. Carrie Bradshaw-Crowther had spent the weekend at her Salisbury home with her daughter, Lauren Lusk, preparing for the birth,... More »

Denied Abortion, Woman Forced to Have Baby at 25 Weeks

Irish case tests new law that permits some abortions

(Newser) - The abortion issue is heating up in Ireland, where a woman was denied termination under a new law—then threatened a hunger strike and was forced to have a Caesarean section, the Guardian reports. The woman (impregnated via rape, a friend says) demanded an abortion at eight weeks' pregnancy and... More »

Angry Mom: Doctor Forced Me to Have C-Section

Rinat Dray files suit for medical malpractice

(Newser) - Rinat Dray wanted to finally have a natural childbirth—but doctors gave her a C-section, and now she's suing them and the hospital, the New York Times reports. Having had two C-sections—and two healthy baby boys—Dray, 35, changed doctors and hired a doula to help her give... More »

Girl Born Safely After Crash That Hurt Mom, Killed Dad

Rebecca and Jesse Sperry hit from behind by driver cops thought was high

(Newser) - On April 6, 22-year-old Rebecca Sperry was due to have labor induced and give birth to her first child with husband Jesse, 23. The Indiana couple set out that morning to go to church and run errands, but that afternoon an SUV—driven by an off-duty cop thought by police... More »

Social Services Forced C-Section, Took Baby: UK Case

15 months later, child still not with mother

(Newser) - The Telegraph reported yesterday on a crazy court case in the UK: After a pregnant Italian woman, in town for business, had a panic attack, social service workers in Essex got a court order allowing the woman to be forcibly sedated and undergo a C-section so they could take her... More »

Doctors: 90+ Procedures Are Overkill, Drive Health Costs

New list outlines the overused, useless, and harmful

(Newser) - A group of doctors have assembled a list of more than 90 medical procedures that are overused, often useless, and even harmful, in a bid to drive Americans toward consuming less care. The report, from ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely program calls out everything from Pap tests (which it argues... More »

C-Section Births Tied to Obesity

Researchers suspect link relates to bacteria exposure

(Newser) - Caesarian sections are on the rise in the United States, but a new study out yesterday indicates that the surgical birth method may have an unexpected consequence. It found that babies born by C-section are twice as likely to be obese by age three, reports the Washington Post . Researchers reviewing... More »

Study to Give Fetuses Anti-Obesity Drugs

A hundred obese, pregnant women sign up for trial

(Newser) - Is in utero too soon to start taking anti-obesity drugs? A group of scientists are putting that question to the test; they’re giving a hundred obese pregnant women the diabetes drug Metformin. It won't help the moms lose weight, but it should limit the amount of sugar they... More »

C-Sections, Obesity Cited in Rise of Pregnancy Deaths

African-American women have four times the risk

(Newser) - A new report in California shows a troubling rise in deaths related to pregnancy, with Caesarean sections and obese mothers blamed in part for the spike. Maternal deaths rose from 8 per 100,000 live births in 1999 to 14 per 100,000 births in 2008, reports the Bay Citizen... More »

Impatient Doctors Behind Boom in C-Sections

Majority of Caesareans begin before labor

(Newser) - The rate of babies delivered by Caesarean section has been rising steadily since 1996, and a new study thinks it’s identified a reason why: Impatient doctors. According to the study, 44% of women who were trying for vaginal births between 2002 and 2008 had labor induced, which made them... More »

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